Princess Hills, Girringun National Park Townsville | Tropical North Queensland

Herbert River near camp site 1. Photo credit: Tahn Lawson © Queensland Government

About Princess Hills

    Park features

    Princess Hills, Girringun National Park boasts spectacular scenery and an array of plant and animal life. The camping area is situated beside the Herbert River 4km from the top of the spectacular Herbert River Falls. Below the falls begins the impressive Herbert River Gorge, with its towering cliffs and dry, rugged ridges.

    Open forest dominates the escarpments and she-oaks line the Herbert River. Vine-thicket rainforest dotted with hoop pines cloaks the gullies and upper slopes of the gorge. The air around the camping area often smells of lemon-scented gums.

    Gliders and owls dominate the night at Princess Hills. Emus and other birds are regularly seen during the day, as well as the occasional koala.

    Looking after the park

    • Wash at least 50m from the creek. Use gritty sand and a scourer instead of soap to clean dishes. Scatter water so that it filters through the soil before returning to the creek.
    • Toilet facilities are not provided. When toileting, dig a hole, at least 15cm deep, well away from camp sites, watercourses and drainage lines. Failure to do this leads to unsightliness, unpleasant odours, pollution of creeks and potentially dangerous hygiene problems. Sanitary pads, tampons and condoms should not be buried.
    • Rubbish facilities are not provided—take your rubbish home with you.
    • Check your clothing and shoes regularly for seeds and dispose of them in your rubbish to avoid the spread of weeds.
    • Domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.
    • Camp only in designated camp sites.
    • To avoid trampling vegetation, disturbing wildlife and causing erosion, please keep your four-wheel-drive vehicle on marked tracks. Failure to stay on the track may incur a penalty.
    • Remember, this area is a national park—everything is protected.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    Girringun National Park was gazetted as part of Lumholtz National Park in 2000 before a name change in 2003. Girringun National Park is managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation.

    Tourism information links

    Atherton Visitor Information Centre
    Corner Silo Road and Main Street, Atherton QLD 4883
    Phone: (07) 4091 4222

    Ravenshoe Visitor Centre
    24 Moore Street, Ravenshoe QLD 4888
    Phone: (07) 4097 7700

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.